Turkey Sightseeing

Where east meets west, Turkey is a land of unbelievable landscapes (Cappadocia), antiquated history (the ruins at Ephesus), delicious foods (kofta), loveable cities (Istanbul), and friendly Turks (just about everybody in the country). Whether you’re roaming the old city bazaars or relaxing on the Mediterranean, Turkey is sure to dazzle you. The best way to make the most of your time? With some Turkey sightseeing.

Starting out in Istanbul, explore the city’s incredible architecture, like the famous Hagia Sophia basilica. Visit the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and the Hippodrome. To soak up the real essence of the city, it’s absolutely necessary to spend time at the Grand Bazaar! Another must-see is the 17th century Spice Bazaar, and the Old Silk Market. Be sure to visit the Rumeli Fortress, Beylerbeyi Palace, and Bosphorus Bridge.  Take the cable car to the top of the Uludag.  Enjoy some traditional Turkish food, and wash it all down with a cup of Turkish coffee.

You might have heard of Cappadocia, the surreal landscape of “Fairy Chimneys”: incredible rock pillars naturally covering the entire area. Cappadocia is full of stone houses and underground settlements, and you’re able to explore at ease (if you’re not too claustrophobic!). Many people opt for a balloon ride over the Fairy Chimneys. Be sure to also visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, featuring the best-preserved wall paintings from the medieval ages inside rock-cut churches. While in the area, pay a visit to Devrent Valley and the Monks Valley. If you’re into art, visit Avanos, the pottery centre of Cappadocia. If time permits, see Uchisar Castle, the highest point of the Goreme region – a 25-floor rock of cave rooms.

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While in Southern Turkey, visiting the ruins at Ephesus is a must-do. They’re arguably the best-preserved ruins from ancient Greece and offer a wonderful insight into how people lived their lives thousands of years ago. The city was one of the most powerful settlements of its time. While here, be sure to visit the Library of Celsus, the amphitheatre, and the magical Roman terrace homes (complete with colourful mosaics). If possible, hire a local guide to take you through the ruins. You’ll have the best understanding of Ephesus’s significance.

Another one of Turkey’s most famous landmarks: Pamukkale, one of the most unique destinations in the world. Once a medical centre for the Roman Empire, Pamukkale is a series of white limestone pools filled with spring water, resembling something from a fairy tale world. If you’re more interested in Turkey’s historical legacy, visit the ancient city of Troy, famous for the Trojan Horse. With 4,000 years of history, it’s one of the most important archaeological sites in the region. From there you can access Gallipoli and the battlefields there. Here you’ll also find many war cemeteries from World War I.  No matter what your choice is, you’ll love sightseeing in Turkey.

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